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Band Of Shadows

Do you enjoy fantasy? Are you a fan of Sarah J.Mass and Veronica Roth? If so, join me in Scarlet’s world. Scarlet is a 17 year old foster kid who loves reading and being a loner, except for hanging out with her foster brother, Jensen.

Scarlet is weirded out when she keeps dreaming of a door. She has no clue why she keeps dreaming of it, or what it could mean. One day walking with Jensen she sees the actual door. She wants to open it right then and there, but Jensen has to go coach a game so they leave.

Soon Scarlet is determined to go back to the door and open it. Jensen is not as comfortable with the idea, but Scarlet wants to know what’s on the other side. They go back and Jensen attempts, but it appears locked. Scarlet tries and it opens for her. Going through this mystery door lands Scarlet in Avalon.

This place is greener than anything Scarlet has ever experienced. She discovers she is a Faye and it’s her true home. Not only has she been lured to her real home by some mysterious door, but that she has special abilities: being an empath and telekinesis. Why was Scarlet brought home now and what does the leader of the island, Morgana, have in store for her?

I like Scarlet because I am also, a bookworm who prefers a small group or time one on one with others and am am empath. I think it’s fascinating how she learns to understand others by being able to sense the other’s emotions and how to block others emotions from over taking her own.

I received my complimentary copy of The Band Of Shadows by H.P. Waitt from Smith Publicity. The views are mine and of my own free will. This novel makes me think a bit of Narnia and the Divergent series. This novel has great characterization and scenery description.

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Coral And Bone

What would you do if you discovered your life was one big lie? Halen discovers there’s more to the reason sparks want to release under her fingertips when she gets angry and the reason she blacks out at school. Her and her move have moved back to Rockaway Beach, but maybe being back where her dad drowned in the ocean is a bad idea.

Tage is a girl at school who befriends Halen. She is not that fond of her, but one night proves her friendship. One night Halen and Tage are given unique gifts for their birthdays. They each get a bracelet that they are told to wear and must not take off. A boy comes to bring Halen her homework from school, but after the flash of a knife and a run for their lives Tage instructs Halen to go into the ocean. Halen doesn’t like the ocean after she witnessed her dad drown. Little does she know once she goes into the ocean to get away from the boy chasing them that there is a different realm.

In getting away from the boy with the knife  Halen discovers a beautiful place and her connection to it. It’s a realm filled with unique creatures, berries that make you trip out and under water caves that hold the mentally unstable. There Halen discovers the connection she has with a boy she’s been sketching for a long time. The big question is why has she been sketching him and why does she feels drawn to this boy whose a stranger?

This fantasy book talks about many topics ranging from family, friends, loyalty, destiny, hate, forgiveness, love and of course magick. This book talks about the challenges that come with being lied to by loved ones and the choice to either forgive and move forward, or hold on to bitterness and let it rot you. Which would you. choose?

I am not into fantasy as I’ve shared before, but this book was hard to put down. It took till halfway through to get into the story, but once I did I was hooked. The author Tiffany Daune was kind enough to include a sneak peek into book 2, which now makes me antsy to want to find out what happens to Halen. If you enjoy fantasy, mermaids, sirens, magical realms and drama go get a copy of this gorgeous book. The cover is what screamed, “Pick me!” I was provided this book for free from Oftomes Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

I did ask Tiffany, the author one question.

“How can you relate to Halen and in what different way can you relate to Tage?”

Her response was:

“Like Halen, when I was younger I suppressed my abilities and desires to make other people happy. It took a long time to love myself enough to follow my dreams. Halen too, must accept her powers and find the courage to fulfill her destiny.

Tage is so dear to my heart. I love writing her. We all have those lost moments when life beats us up, but she’s a survivor no matter what’s thrown at her. I relate to her so much. Surviving is a desire to thrive when everything seems to be against you. It’s an undying faith when all you want to do is give up. Tage gets this.”

If you have any questions for Tiffany after finishing Coral and Bone just ask her via Twitter. She’s a very gracious author who responds quickly and personally.

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The Book Jumper 

The cover of this book is gorgeous. I love the color blue, so the color scheme is pleasing to my eye. The silver font is enticing. The storyline hooked me even more than the cover. Who wouldn’t love to experience their favorite book and be inside the story?

Amy Lennox gets whisked away to an island in Scotland by her mom for school vacation. She has no idea what awaits her. Amy discovers there’s more to her family than meets the eye. Her grandmother lives in a big, old house. There are cliffs and moors. There is a secret library with classes on how to be a Book Jumper. Amy meets fellow book jumpers William and Betsy McAlister. They are relatives of the warring house that due to a truce band together to make sure that nothing alters the stories they jump into.

When a story character winds up dead in Scotland Amy and Will join forces to figure out whose set on killing storybook characters. Who will be a friend and who is a foe? Who can they trust? Is all as it seems in Scotland?

This novel was outside my usual reading preference. I don’t normally read fantasy. This novel does mention current social media networks like Facebook, which with the story being set on an island in Scotland threw me off a bit, but it is set in modern times, so I shouldn’t be surprised. I love the concept of being inside a favorite story, so the premise of this book got me enthusiastic to read it. If you love fantasy and want a fun read I highly recommend The Book Jumper.